Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Let silence be the art you practice.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
Each song is a child I nourish and give my love to. But even if you have never written a song, your life is a song. How can it not be?
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Play it fuckin' loud!
I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.